Gregory Harrison Rogers

CANAL WINCHESTER: God’s pilgrim and beloved son, brother, father, uncle, and friend, Gregory Harrison Rogers of Canal Winchester, and formerly of Butler, Ohio, journeyed home on Monday, October 18, 2021, at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, after complications from a spinal cord injury. He was 44.

Greg was born on June 19, 1977, in Mansfield, Ohio, to parents Constance Kathleen Rogers nee Summa and Gregory Dean Rogers. After spending his early years on Teeter Road in Butler, raising goats, ponies, and rabbits, and getting into mischief with his younger brother Scott, he graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1996, having lettered in both wrestling and music and been the leader of the drum section in the band. He attended Boys’ State and enjoyed participating in the high school musicals.

While vacationing in North Carolina in 1997, he sustained a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed and forced him to discontinue his education at OSU Mansfield. However, in 2004, undaunted by all challenges, he enrolled at Bowling Green State University and in 2009 earned his bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education. His year of student teaching of lively fifth graders at Kenwood Elementary in Bowling Green was one of the most enjoyable experiences of his life.

In 2010, Greg was blessed with a beautiful daughter, Lily Adrain Rogers, whom he co-parented, offering her the fun, wisdom, steadfast love, and consistent support that only a dedicated father can provide. They enjoyed shopping nationwide for pet reptiles (of which both were quite fond), watching Disney movies, visiting the Columbus Zoo and Malabar Farm, and engaging in scooter-wheelchair walks that occasionally turned into races. He regularly helped motivate Lily to finish her homework and enjoyed partnering her at the community Daddy-Daughter Dance.

Greg was especially close to his friends. He was the best man in three of his friends’ weddings and, with his sensitivity, wisdom, and sympathetic heart, was a real help to many in times of trouble. He was both a masterful storyteller and a person with a real gift for listening. Along with his friends, he enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and exploring the Clear Fork Valley and mountains of West Virginia on his quad. He was an adept poker player and a dangerous pool player, as many of his opponents discovered on the way to losing a Friday-night bet. But his favorite pastime was simply sharing a few beers and stories with his friends in the driveway of his home in Butler on a warm summer afternoon. Those special times with Greg will be deeply missed by his friends.

Greg loved the Fourth of July, bomb popsicles, wedge salads and Ed’s bread from Fast Eddie’s, bottle rockets, crab legs, a backyard bonfire, the special beauty of the Butler region, and most of all, his family, his friends, his dog Gracie, and his beautiful daughter Lily.

He will be remembered for his loyalty and love for his family and friends, his wry sense of humor and hallmark side-eye, and his appreciation for having grown up a country boy in the Clear Fork Valley. He could keep his friends and family laughing when there was little to laugh about. Always putting others first, he once arm wrestled at school to earn money to buy his mom a birthday cake.

Greg was very spiritual and on one occasion drove all night to be home for an Easter Sunrise Service. He was filled with gratitude to God for inspiring daylilies to bloom and helping daffodils push up through the snow in March. He once told his mom that his best worship happened from atop his quad in the fields or woods.

“Cool Uncle Greg” adored his nephews, Colin, Weston, and Spencer Rogers, sharing their love for Star Wars, EB, and Jurassic Park, and their habit of playing pranks. Before passing, he directed that his most prized possession, his 4-wheeler, be given to his nephews. Uncle Greg believed that there’s no such thing as too much fun.

Greg was a genuine lover of life. He loved to sit outdoors and soak up the warmth of the sunshine. He loved history, the History Channel, and the history courses he took at Bowling Green. He loved music and was a special fan of James Taylor, Vince Gill, and Jim Croce, and classic country singers like George Strait, Hank Williams, and Waylon Jennings. He loved grilling steaks and shish kababs. He loved watching Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and crime shows on TV, and watching Rocky movies and episodes of Star Wars, The Sopranos, and Tombstone again and again. He loved rooting for Duke during March Madness, beating his stepdad at the Bracket Challenge year after year, and cheering for the Buckeyes on fall afternoons.

Greg was no stranger to suffering and loss. But he powered through his share of life’s storms with his enjoyment of life, his deep spiritual beliefs, and his determination to “be there” for his friends, his family, and especially his daughter Lily. When his body could take no more, Greg journeyed home to be warmly welcomed by his dad, grandparents, and close friends Jason Chrastina and Tim Titlow. Go rest high on that mountain, Greg.

Greg is survived by his beloved daughter Lily Adrain Rogers; his mother Connie Rogers Emery and stepfather Allan Emery, both of Canal Winchester; his brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Allison Rogers, also of Canal Winchester; his stepsister Allison Emery of Denver, Colorado, and stepbrother Patrick Emery of Cincinnati; his nephews Colin, Weston, and Spencer Rogers of Canal Winchester; and his uncles, John Summa (Jayne Socotch) of Naples, Florida, and Jim Summa of Dallas, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gregory Dean Rogers, in 2011.

A celebration of Greg’s life will be held on Saturday, November 6, from 11 AM until 3 PM, at Heart Hill, located at 7059 Wheatcraft Road, just south of Butler. A Celebration Service will occur at 12:00 pm. Lunch will be served.

Greg’s family would like to thank the Starling Family Medicine team, the 4 th floor nurses, and Wanda at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center for their care and compassion.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Greg’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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